Like father, like son: Cahokia senior Korrion Session has inherited the athletic ability of his father, former East St. Louis track and field great Rodney Session.
A standout on the Comanches football team in the fall, Korrion Session is key member of the four-time Class 2A defending state champion Comanches track team. Like his father nearly two decades ago, he is one of the top athletes in the state in the hurdle events.
Korrion Session reaffirmed that position this past Saturday when he won the Class 2A 60-meter hurdle championship at the Illinois Top Times/State Indoors State Track Meet at Illinois Wesleyan University in Normal. Session finished with a time of 8.29 seconds.
Session’s memories of his father, a two-time state champion in the 110 meter hurdles, aren’t fuzzy and some aren’t the best. Now, the 17-year-old Comanches standout is out to make his own memories
“I’ve heard the stories about how great of an athlete my father was and about the race at the state meet in the (1,600) relay where he was behind and caught a few runners on the last lap to win the race,’’ Session said. “But to be honest, I don’t have alot of good memories about him. He wasn’t there for me that much.
“I know when people hear the name Session, they think of him. I’d like it someday to make it so people think of Korrion Session first.’’
An honors student with 3.4 GPA, Session has already given a verbal commitment to Indiana State University later this year, where he will begin working toward a career as an athletic trainer.
Before then, he has some goals to achieve: First and foremost is to become the second straight Comanche — and second in school history — to win the Class 2A 110 meter hurdles state championship.
Session as fifth in the state in the 110 hurdles a year ago, finishing with a time of 14.92 seconds.
“To win the 60 meter hurdles title and to be a state champion is great and something I’ve worked for. But the one I’m aiming for is the 110 (hurdles) at state in May,’’ Session said. “Gary (Hickman) won the title last year and he is a good friend and was kind a mentor to me the last two years. I’m trying to be the same for the younger guys this year.
“Another goal is the school record which (Cahokia) assistant coach Clyde Young has. I think its 13.6 or 13.7. My best time so far is 14.4 and I realize that’s ways from what he ran, but I feel like if I continue to work hard, I’ve got a shot by the end of the season.’’
Cahokia coach Leroy Millsap also thinks Session has a chance at the school record. In the past year, Millsap has seen Session mature both on and off the track.
“What makes Korrion so good. I think some of it has to do with his good genes. His father was a great athlete who could have been a world-class athlete,’’ Millsap said. “But Korrion has really worked hard in the past year and is taking it much more seriously now.
“He’s just a real good kid. He does well both in the classroom and on the track.’’
Korrion isn’t the only Session excelling in the 110 meter hurdles this season. Younger brother William Session is a junior at Belleville East and is regarded as one of the top Class 3A hurdlers in the state – and also one of the top-ranked recruits in the class of 2016.
Korrion Session said his ‘little brother’ has also received interest from UCLA among other top NCAA Division I programs.
“We’re pretty tight. I try to talk to him two or three times a week and now during track season, we see each other a little more at some of the meets. He’s my brother,’’ Session said. “We’re competitive with each other. But its in a fun way.
“I try to give him good advice abut things. It tell him to concentrate on the books. Academics come first, always, I tell him. I think he listens to me sometimes.’’
For the next months, Korrion Session will do his part, and then some, as Cahokia goes for its fifth state championship in a row.
“Is the best Cahokia track team I’ve been on? Yes, I think it is. I think we realize that we’ve got it going pretty well right now and everybody is working very hard to make sure they do their part. We’re a close group. We’re like a family and nobody wants to let the other one down.’’